The Trona Pinnacles is one of the most unusual geological features in the California Desert Conservation Area. The unusual landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, rising from the bed of the Searles Lake. The pinnacles vary in size and shape from short and squat to tall and thin, and are composed primarily of calcium carbonate (tufa) that formed underwater. They now sit isolated and slowly crumbling away near the south end of the valley, surrounded by many square miles of flat, dried mud and with stark mountain ranges at either side.
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North Sky River

General Decription of Project

North Sky River Energy, LLC (NSRE) filed an application with BLM to obtain a ROW grant to improve existing roads, construct limited new road segments, and install underground electrical transmission and fiber optic communication lines on public land in order to access private lands for construction and operation of a wind energy generation facility. Proposed construction activities are delineated in a Plan of Development submitted to the BLM. An access route across public land would provide the most direct and efficient access to the wind energy facility located on private lands.

BLM policy direction is provided by Executive Order 13212, dated May 18, 2001, which directs federal agencies to act expediently and in a manner consistent with applicable laws to increase the production and transmission of energy in a safe and environmentally sound manner. Further direction is provided by Department of Interior Secretarial Order 3285A1, dated March 11, 2009, as amended February 22, 2010, which states, "Encouraging the production, development, and delivery of renewable energy is one of the Department’s highest priorities."

Environmental Documents

Record of Decision
Finding of No Significant Impact
EA - Comment Table

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